Set 19 – Five New Words For Jan 19

Theme – Words borrowed from French

1. risque or risqué (ri-SKAY)

adjective: Bordering on indelicacy or impropriety, especially in a sexually suggestive manner.

“A woman who was fired from her job at a NY lingerie business says she was fired because her employer complained her work attire was too risque.”

“The normally pristine Senator Evan Bayh made a risqué joke about a fellow Indianan from a town called French Lick.”

2. billet-doux (bil-ay-DOO)

noun: A love letter.

“Pete Hamill, journalist and novelist, loves his city and this novel is his billet-doux.”

3. femme fatale (fem fuh-TAHL) [ plural femmes fatales (fem fuh-TAHLZ) ]

noun: An attractive and seductive woman, especially one who leads others into disaster.

“The film sees Depp’s math teacher character falling for Jolie’s femme fatale as she spins a web of mystery.”

4. pudeur (pyoo-DUHR, -DUH)

noun: A sense of shame, especially in sexual matters; modesty.

“Alexandra Styron first started reading her father’s novel Sophie’s Choice as soon as it came out, in 1979, when she was a preteenager. A few chapters in, encountering a steamy se x scene, she rushed from the room, overcome with adolescent pudeur.”

5. dishabille or deshabille (dis-uh-BEEL, -BEE)

1. The state of being partly dressed.
2. A deliberately careless or casual manner.

“Seconds after 7 am on Monday, trousers were dropping and skirts were lifting all along Wall Street. The mass dishabille was part of a site-specific work of performance art.”


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